The Wyoming State Board of Education announced Monday it intends to hire a search firm to hasten the selection process of the state’s first Director of the Wyoming Department of Education. The decision was made during a special meeting of State Board in Cheyenne, after Governor Matt Mead endorsed a bill stripping State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, of her administrative duties.
The State Board of Education has to find three qualified candidates to fill the position of director and they must be submitted to Governor Mead prior to December 1st.
The State Board of Education voted 9 to zero to develop a request for proposals, also called an RFP, which would contract a search firm to identify possible candidates for the director of the position with the Wyoming Department of Education. Representatives from the Wyoming Board of Education said in a media release they believed an RFP for a search firm could be developed and ready for the board’s regularly scheduled teleconference on Monday, February 11th.
Enrolled Act 1, which was endorsed by Governor Mead on January 29th, transfers the supervision of the Department of Education from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the newly formed Director of the WDE. According to the legislation, the Governor was required to name an interim director of the WDE upon signing of the bill and did so by appointing Dr. Jim Rose.
In a media release, Governor Mead also suggested a modified open search - a search similar to the process used for the selection of judges, where the finalists’ names are made public.
State Board of Education Coordinator, Paige Fenton-Hughes, said the costs of a selection firm vary. She said some firms base their fees on a percentage of the position’s salary.
The governor will set the salary for the State Director of the Wyoming Department of Education, according to the qualifications of the candidate and the requirements of the job. Currently, the governor's office is researching compensation needs for the position.